Before a property can be let, there are several matters which the owner will need to deal with to ensure that the tenancy runs smoothly, and also that he/she is legally compliant with the law. We provide summarised information below. If you require further advice or assistance with any matter, please do not hesitate to contact us:
We have found that a good relationship with Tenants is the key to a smooth-running tenancy. As Property Managers this relationship is our job, but it is important that the Tenants should feel comfortable in their temporary home, and that they are receiving value for their money. It follows therefore that a well presented and maintained property in a good decorative order will go towards this, whilst also achieving a higher rental figure. Tenants are also more inclined to treat such a property with greater respect.
Electrical, gas plumbing, waste, central heating and hot water systems must be safe, sound and in good working order. Repairs and maintenance are at the Landlords expense unless misuse can be established. Interior decor should be in good condition and preferably plain, light and neutral.
Your property can be let fully furnished, part furnished or unfurnished. Which of these is appropriate will depend on the type of property and local market conditions. We will be pleased to give you advice on whether to furnish or not and to what level. As a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains and light fittings. Remember that there will be wear and tear on the property and any items provided.
Personal possessions, ornaments, pictures, books etc. should be removed from the premises, especially those of real or sentimental value. All cupboards and shelf space should be left clear for the Tenant's own use.
Gardens should be left neat, tidy and rubbish free, with any lawns cut. We can arrange Garden maintenance for you as required.
At the commencement of the tenancy the property must be in a thoroughly clean condition, and at the end of each tenancy it is the Tenants' responsibility to leave the property in a similar condition. Where they fail to do so, cleaning will be arranged at their expense.
It is helpful if you leave information for the Tenant, e.g. on operating the central heating and hot water system, washing machine and alarm system, and the day refuse is collected etc.
You should provide one set of keys for each Tenant. Our office will arrange to have duplicates cut as required.
If your property is mortgaged, you should obtain your mortgagee's written consent to the letting. They may require additional clauses in the tenancy agreement of which you must inform us.
If you are a leaseholder, you should check the terms of your lease, and obtain any necessary written consent before letting.
You should ensure that you are suitably covered for letting under your buildings / contents / public liability insurance. Failure to inform your insurers may invalidate your policies.
We recommend that you arrange for regular outgoings e.g. service charges, maintenance contracts etc. to be paid by standing order or direct debit. However, by prior written agreement we may make payment of certain bills on your behalf, provided such bills are received in your name at our office, and that sufficient funds are held to your credit.
We will arrange for Meter readings will be taken, and the transfer of all utility accounts to the Tenant.
Since 1st January 2009 landlords in Ireland offering property for rent are required by law to hold a B.E.R. Certificate for their property and provide prospective tenants with a copy. We can arrange an B.E.R inspection for our landlord clients upon request.
We hope that you find the above information useful. If there are any aspects of which you are unsure, please ask us. We look forward to being of assistance to you in the letting and management of your property.
Building Energy Rating (BER) www.sei.ie
Residential Tenancies Board www.prtb.ie
Landlord information: www.irishlandlord.com
Carlow County Council www.carlow.ie
Carlow Chamber of Commerce www.carlowchamber.com
Carlow Enterprise Board www.carlow-ceb.com
Carlow Technical College www.itcarlow.ie
Carlow College www.carlowcollege.ie
Carlow Tourism www.carlowtourism.ie
Irish Property and Facilities Managers Association www.ipfma.com
Irish Property Owners Association www.ipoa.ie
Power of One www.powerofone.ie
The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers www.ipav.ie
Property Services Regulatory Authority: www.psr.ie